Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Described as "the great Verdian bass" (Le Figaro) and a "Mefistofele who stood out over all the others" (Der Neue Merker), Carlo Colombara brings some of the most famous bass rôles to life in this wide-ranging programme. Emotions range from the pride of Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, through the terrors of Verdi's Attila, to the tender recollections of Rachmaninov's Aleko. Mephistopheles strides powerfully through both Gounod and Boito's operas, and Rossini's comic wit contrasts with the darkness of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. The Sofia National Opera Chorus, The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Vladimir Ghiaurov), The Prague Tchaikovsky Orchestra (under the baton of Fabrizio Milani) and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (under the baton of György G. Ráth) alternately provide musical accompaniment.
bass [instrument], music-lessons